Random Internet-ness

  • Mysteries of Twilight: SOLVED!!  (With Science!)

“I finally read Twilight, and after hours of internet research, I’ve found a solution to a major problem I had with the story. I know why the vampire sparkles!”

Must read to find the answer!

“To me, that’s like saying in a football game, ‘We should have only three quarters, because we were winning after three quarters and the beat us in the fourth,” Weatherford, a Republican, told the Herald/Times. “I don’t think we need to change the rules of the game, I think we need to get better.”

I’m leery of getting too excited about a Republican being reasonable – I’ve been burned before – but I’m tentatively kinda proud of that guy.

  • This is old news, but as I’ve long been a rat fan and will tell anyone who stands still long enough how they’re the sweetest and most affectionate of the rodents, it’s nice to have science back me up.

ImageThe researchers came to the unavoidable conclusion that what they were seeing was empathy — and apparently selfless behavior driven by that mental state.

“There is nothing in it for them except for whatever feeling they get from helping another individual,” said Peggy Mason, the neurobiologist who conducted the experiment along with graduate student Inbal Ben-Ami Bartal and fellow researcher Jean Decety.

  • And finally, ’tis the season to have anti-science folk claim that global warming must be a myth, because it is currently cold outside.  If you absolutely must engage with these people, here’s some tips

As a general rule, it is not wise to engage with these people. They have already demonstrated that rationality is not a strong suit, so attempting to reason with them will only bring stress and pain to you both. But if you do want to engage with them — you have eight hours to kill; you are a masochist — we put together this handy, step-by-step guide for you to do so. Remember: speak slowly and, if necessary, draw pictures.


It’s a pretty picture, but it does not disprove global warming.


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